The Federal Committee shall be responsible for the implementation of decisions and guidelines adopted by the Congress and for implementing the tasks conferred on it by these Rules. It shall ensure that these Rules are observed.
It shall be answerable to the Congress. It shall draw up the budget and monitor the implementation thereof. It shall elect from its members the Federal Bureau as provided for in Article 17.
Each member organisation shall be represented on the Federal Committee. For this purpose each member organisation shall designate as many members and alternate members as it has seats to fill, in accordance with a weighting approved at each Congress and forming an integral part of these Rules in Annex. The President, Vice-Presidents and Secretaries General of each member organisation who are not appointed as delegation members may attend the meetings of the Federal Committee without voting rights and at the expense of their organisation.
Member organisations who are entitled to a single member may appoint two alternate members.
Within 30 days of the ordinary Congress, member organisations shall notify the outgoing Federal Bureau of nominations for the renewal of the Federal Committee.
The member organisations may modify their nominations, by prior written notification to the Federal Bureau, while ensuring the greatest possible stability in their nominations. The modification shall take effect seven days after receipt of the notification.
The outgoing Federal Bureau shall convene the inaugural meeting of the new Federal Committee within two months of the Congress.
On that occasion the Federal Committee shall elect from its members the new Federal Bureau.
An absolute majority of the members of the Federal Committee, coming from at least five member organisations, shall be required for the vote to be valid.
If this majority is not met, a second inaugural meeting shall be convened by the outgoing Federal Bureau between two and four weeks after the first meeting. If, during this second meeting, the majority is not met, the number of votes necessary for the vote to be valid shall be set at the majority of two-thirds of the members present, coming from at least five member organisations, provided that a majority of the members comprising the Federal Committee are present.
Ordinary meetings of the Federal Committee shall take place at least three times a year and preferably once a quarter, on the initiative of the Federal Bureau.
Special meetings may be held at any time, at the request of at least one third of its members, on the initiative of the Federal Bureau, or at the request of a majority of the member organisations. Notice of meetings shall be given at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting.
The Federal Committee may make valid deliberations only if a majority of its members are present.
It shall adopt its decisions by a simple majority of the members present. However, important decisions binding on all the member organisations shall in principle be taken only if at least five member organisations have approved them.
Article 15 bis
Acting by a majority of two thirds of its members, the Federal Committee may suspend relations with a member organisation until the following meeting of the Congress on the grounds of activities contrary to the UNION’s interests.
Before any such decision on suspension is taken, the organisation in question shall be informed of the reasons for suspending and must be given a hearing.
Each organisation may invoke the right to defend its particular interests, in so far as they are not contrary to trade union guidelines, Congress decisions or the Rules of the UNION. In that case the decision shall be suspended and submitted for arbitration to the Federal Bureau which will propose a compromise to the Federal Committee.
If the dispute continues, the Federal Bureau may submit it to the Disputes Board (Article 20).